In 2009 during my freelance work as a fashion designer I have, among other things: designed hand knitted clothing for a slow fashion brand, it was very difficult to get good, honest and beautiful materials. During this period (I knitted a lot in my teenage years in the 80s) my knitting virus was rekindled and I wanted more. This has resulted in a one-man business, Recht en Averecht.
In November 2011, the webshop went online with a small range of fair trade and organic yarns and a number of patterns developed by me. After having had a pop-up store at 3 locations in addition to the web store for 2 years, I started a permanent store in the Modekwartier in Arnhem in 2016.
2020 would be a great year full of yarn fairs, but in March 2020 everything changed, trade fairs were cancelled, a half lockdown, a lockdown and in the end shopping by appointment. And i liked that, I was able to organize my time better between helping customers, dyeing yarns, purchasing, administration, etc. It turned out that the mini kitchen of the shop I rented was a bit on the small side if I wanted to paint more.
And so the decision was made to renovate our former barn (once the bakery) at home (an old bakery shop). July 30, 2021 was the day of the move. The old bakery shop has become a showroom, so that customers can still visit by appointment and the barn is now a studio, where I have a paint room downstairs, the yarn warehouse and my office is in the attic.
Recht en Averecht continues to move, the range changes, but the approach whether or not to include yarns in the collection is always subject to ‘how does the manufacturer deal with people, the environment and animals’. That’s not to say that I only include certified yarns in the range, because manufacturers who are committed to doing everything the best they can also need a push to keep going. I still design knitting patterns, although that belongs to ‘extreme slow fashion’, sometimes I just want to knit nicely. 😉
About me, Marijke Lennards: I studied fashion design at the Artez Academy in Arnhem. After graduating in 1991, I worked for several companies as a clothing designer and product supervisor. And now owner and founder of Recht en Averechtand The Coloured Cat.